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  • China’s white dolphin called extinct after 20 million years

    Posted by Don-Chedi on 14 december 2006 om 08:02

    China’s white dolphin called extinct after 20 million years
    China’s white dolphin called extinct after 20 million years

    POSTED: 0225 GMT (1025 HKT), December 13, 2006

    • Baiji, or white dolphin, survived 20 million years as species
    • 30 scientists searched 1,000 miles of Yangtze River for six weeks
    • Last full search in 1997 had 13 sightings
    • Yangtze finless porpoise also threatened; fewer than 400 left

    BEIJING, China (AP) — An expedition searching for a rare Yangtze River dolphin ended Wednesday without a single sighting and with the team’s leader saying one of the world’s oldest species was effectively extinct.
    The white dolphin known as baiji, shy and nearly blind, dates back some 20 million years. Its disappearance is believed to be the first time in a half-century, since hunting killed off the Caribbean monk seal, that a large aquatic mammal has been driven to extinction.
    A few baiji may still exist in their native Yangtze habitat in eastern China but not in sufficient numbers to breed and ward off extinction, said August Pfluger, the Swiss co-leader of the joint Chinese-foreign expedition.
    “We have to accept the fact, that the Baiji is functionally extinct. We lost the race,” Pfluger said in a statement released by the expedition. “It is a tragedy, a loss not only for China, but for the entire world. We are all incredibly sad.”
    Overfishing and shipping traffic, whose engines interfere with the sonar the baiji uses to navigate and feed, are likely the main reasons for the mammal’s decline, Pfluger said. Though the Yangtze is polluted, water samples taken by the expedition every 30 miles did not show high concentrations of toxic substances, the statement said.
    For nearly six weeks, Pfluger’s team of 30 scientists scoured a 1,000-mile heavily trafficked stretch of the Yangtze, where the baiji once thrived. The expedition’s two boats, equipped with high-tech binoculars and underwater microphones, trailed each other an hour apart without radio contact so that a sighting by one vessel would not prejudice the other.
    Around 400 baiji were believed to be living in the Yangtze in the 1980s. The last full-fledged search, in 1997, yielded 13 confirmed sightings, and a fisherman claimed to have seen a baiji in 2004, Pfluger said in an earlier interview.
    At least 20 to 25 baiji would now be needed to give the species a chance to survive, the group’s statement said, citing Wang Ding, a hydrobiologist and China’s foremost campaigner for the baiji.
    Pfluger, an economist by training who later went to work for an environmental group, was a member of the 1997 expedition and recalls the excitement of seeing a baiji cavorting in the waters near Dongting Lake.
    “It marked me,” he said in an interview Monday. He went on to set up the Foundation to save the dolphin.
    That goal having evaporated, Pfluger said his foundation would turn to teaching sustainable fishing practices and trying to save other freshwater dolphins. The expedition also surveyed one of those dwindling species, the Yangtze finless porpoise, finding less than 400 of them.
    “The situation of the finless porpoise is just like that of the baiji 20 years ago,” Wang, the Chinese scientist, said in the statement. “Their numbers are declining at an alarming rate. If we do not act soon they will become a second baiji.”
    Pfluger and an occasional online diary kept by expedition members traced a dispiriting situation, as day after day team members engaged in a fruitless search for the baiji.
    “At first the atmosphere was ‘Let’s go. Let’s go save this damn species,”‘ Pfluger said. “As the weeks went on we got more desperate and had to motivate each other.”

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  • duikcurs

    14 december 2006 om 09:41


    en helaas niet de enige soort die uitsterft:


    # The last Pyrenean ibex (Capra pyrenaica pyrenaica) died out on January 6, 2000, in Ordesa National Park in Spain

    # Miss Waldron’s red colobus monkey (Procolobus badius waldroni) was discovered in West Africa in 1933 by Willoughby P. Lowe, a British collector, who named it after his female travelling companion. It was declared extinct in 2000 — wiped out by hunters

    # The night parrot (Geopsittacus occidentalis), a small broad-tailed bird native to Australia, was last sighted in 1990

    # The southern day frog, also known as the Mount Glorious torrent frog, (Taudactylus diurnus) from the Queensland rainforest, was last seen in 1995

    # The po’o-uli (Melamprosops phaeosoma) belongs to one of the world’s most threatened bird families, the Hawaiian honeycreepers. Discovered in 1973, in Maui’s Ko`olau Forest Reserve, the last known example died in 2004

    # The Queen of Sheba’s, or bilkis gazelle (Gazella bilkis), lived on the plains and hills around the city of Ta’izz in Yemen. It was declared extinct in 1992

  • charly-s-extreme-diving

    14 december 2006 om 12:27

    En zo gaan we heerlijk door met de wereld naar de klote te helpen.

  • olokun

    14 december 2006 om 13:33

    Het was al langere tijd bekend dat deze soort op uitsterven stond, helaas is de dichtebevolking, de expolerende industrie en gebrek aan bescherming en awareness deze prachtige en unieke soort dus ‘eindelijk’ fataal geworden.

    De panda levert voor de chinezen nog genoeg op om deze te beschermen en te beknuffelen. Alle panda’s in dierentuinen zijn eigendom van de chinese staat en worden voor veel geld geleast door de buitenlandse dierentuinen…. Gebeurde dit nou ook met deze prachtige en unieke dolfijn soort was er misschien nog een kansje geweest. Het is idd jammer dat we langzaam maar zeker ‘onze’ leefomgeving naar de klote helpen.

    Ik hoop dat de mensch heel snel in gaat zien dat wij de wereld moeten delen en beschermen, de andere diersoorten gaan beschermen en ons bewust worden met wat wij doen en verbruiken.

    Persoonlijk zal je heel bewust moeten gaan kijken waar je je spullen vandaan haalt en wat voor dat product allemaal gesloopt, afgebroken, vernietigd en verbruikt wordt!

    Think of it all, think eco, think aware………

    snik snik


  • trimmer

    14 december 2006 om 14:02


    van links de baiji en rechts de finless porpoise

  • 10nus

    14 december 2006 om 14:06

    wie volgt?

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